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  • If you were Ed Snowden, what would you do?

    04/21/2014 9:21:52 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 4 replies
    New York Young Republican Club Blog ^ | April 20, 2014 | NYYRC
    Imagine you were in the position of Snowden. As a contractor to the National Security Agency, you knew that your government was monitoring what seemed to be an indefensible amount of electronic communication, from emails, to phone calls, between ordinary Americans. What would you do? Perhaps you would: Resign in protest? Go to the Press with declassified information? Point the Press in the right direction, to ask the right questions? Go public? Other whistleblowers in modern American history, such as Daniel Ellsberg, are today hailed as heroes. Help to start a national conversation about fundamental privacy rights, and the Constitutional...
  • Man seizing bank in Belgorod detained

    04/21/2014 5:52:14 AM PDT · by goldstategop
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/21/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, April 21. /ITAR-TASS/. The man who earlier on Monday seized a subsidiary of Bank Zapadny in Belgorod, a city located 700 kilometers south of Moscow, has been detained, according to the press service of Russia's Interior Ministry. The man will get back his 23 million rubles (about $639,000) from his bank account, head of regional police headquarters Viktor Pesterev has told ITAR-TASS. The man has been detained, the press center of the Russian Interior Ministry reports. Pesterev, who conducted negotiations with the man, explained that he had tried to withdraw his money on Sunday, but could not do so...
  • Putin, Deterrence, and the Lessons of World War II (Audio)

    04/21/2014 5:27:06 AM PDT · by BCrago66 · 19 replies
    Victor Davis Hanson, the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, compares the behavior of Vladimir Putin in Crimea to Adolph Hitler in World War II Europe. Topics include comparing the Treaty of Versailles to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, Germany’s blitzkrieg as a sign of weakness, and Japan and Germany declaring war on the United States.
  • Putin signs decree on rehabilitation of Crimean Tatars

    04/21/2014 4:22:01 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 17 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/21/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, April 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on rehabilitation of Crimean Tatars and other nationalities of Crimea, who were victims of Stalin-era repressions. “Taking advantage of an opportunity, I would like to inform colleagues that I have signed a decree on rehabilitation of the Crimean Tatars, the Armenian population, Germans, Greeks - all those who suffered from Stalin’s repressions,” Putin said. Other Crimean ethnic groups repressed by Stalin would also be rehabilitated, he said, listing Armenians, Germans and Greeks among them in a move reaching out to some 250,000 mainly Sunnite Tatars in a modern...
  • Germany should make use of shale gas: EU

    04/21/2014 3:08:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Apr 2014 10:34 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    EU energy commissioner Günther Oettinger has urged Germany to make use of shale gas options and added that the he saw no danger of Europe’s access to Russian gas falling victim to possible economic sanctions in the standoff over Ukraine. […] “I am against scaling back or even cutting our gas links with Russia in the coming years,” the commissioner said. “But we must pursue our strategy of diversification. […] I would also urgently press Germany to make use of the shale gas option and allow fracking projects.” …
  • What really happened at the Bay of Pigs

    04/20/2014 7:19:32 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 26 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | 4/18/14 | Humberto Fontova
    “We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty!” proclaimed Lynch and Hawkin’s Commander-in-Chief just three months earlier. “They fought like tigers,” writes the CIA officer who helped train the Cubans who splashed ashore at the Bay of Pigs 53 years ago this week. “But their fight was doomed before the first man hit the beach.” That CIA man, Grayston Lynch, knew something about fighting – and about long odds. He carried scars from Omaha Beach, the Battle of the Bulge,...
  • This Means War: US To Target Putin's Personal $40 Billion Stash

    04/20/2014 3:37:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/20/14 | tyler durnded
    While the White House has continually threatened further sanctions against Russia for non-de-escalation (even as it un-de-escalates itself), the specifics of the additional sanctions have been sparse. German CEO warnings over blowback from economic sanctions... the "nonsense" of replacing Russian gas with US gas... the Russian warnings of "interdependence" and "boomerangs"... all reduce the West's arsenal of financial sanctions. But, as The Times of London reports, perhaps the US has found a crucial pain point for Putin - a sanctions regime that would target Putin's personal wealth, which includes a reported $40 billion stashed in Swiss bank accounts. As The...
  • Ukraine PM: Putin 'Has a Dream to Restore the Soviet Union'(LOL!)

    04/20/2014 12:36:41 PM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 20, 2014 | Dylan Stableford
    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk believes Russian President Vladimir Putin "has a dream to restore the Soviet Union" — and Putin realizing that dream would be disastrous for the rest of the world. "Every day, he goes further and further,” Yatsenyuk said in an interview that aired Sunday on NBC's “Meet the Press.” “And God knows where is the final destination.”
  • RUSSIAN CONTROLLED CRIMEAN: Russian special services 'create conditions' so Tatars must leave Crimea

    04/20/2014 7:14:22 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 12 replies
    Hromadske TV ^ | Saturday, April 19, 2014
    In the circles of the FSB have thought about the deportation of the Crimean Tatars. On this, citing its own sources in the Russian special services, said a leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Public Jemilev studio. "As we were told supporters deportation, or create conditions that will lead to the fact that the Crimean Tatars from the Crimea go - most', - he said. Chauvinistic expression increased significantly and at the household level in the Crimea. 'For example, these so-called 'Kazak' pytayutsya ask: 'When will you go? After all, you will still be evicted. I would settle in...
  • Ukraine Synagogue Bombed (VIDEO)

    04/20/2014 11:52:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 4/19/14 | Pamela Geller
    When the anti-Jewish flyer story broke, I said that we could not be sure which side had distributed it, but it was certain that both sides brought Jew-hatred into the fight. I also said that emergency emigration of all Jews should begin at once. The Jewish people suffered untold horrors In the Ukraine. Not one Jew should have stayed after a million of Jews were slaughtered in the country during WWII. At 2 AM, Saturday morning, the Nikolayev synagogue in Ukraine was firebombed multiple times….Nikolayev has a community of 15,000 Jews. And back in February, the Giymat Rosa Synagogue in...
  • Ukrainians Chant “Putin Is a Douche!” at Packed Soccer Stadium (Video)

    04/20/2014 10:53:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/20/14 | Jim Hoft
    Thousands of Ukrainians chanted “Putin is a douche!” (Poo-teen hooy-loh!) at a packed soccer stadium.
  • Ukraine unrest: Russian outrage at fatal Sloviansk shooting

    04/20/2014 6:16:14 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 35 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/20/2014 | BBC
    Russia's foreign ministry has expressed outrage at a fatal shooting incident in eastern Ukraine which it blamed on Ukrainian nationalists. Russian state media reported that five people were killed in a gun attack on a checkpoint manned by pro-Russian activists near the town of Sloviansk. Ukrainian officials said one died in a clash between "two groups of citizens". The incident comes as pro-Russian groups continue to occupy government buildings defying a deal to leave. Etrogrul Apakan, who heads the special mission of the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe in Kiev, said his deputy would be in Donetsk to...
  • UKRAINE: Yenakiyevo separatists disappeared that blocked the city council (weird?)

    04/20/2014 6:40:14 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    Pravda-uk ^ | April 20, 2014
    GOOGLE TRANSLATE: April 20 in the Donetsk region of Yenakiyeve building council unknown what happened to all separatists, who blocked the administrative building during the week. As the local edition of "30 days" in the morning on the city council again waving flags of Ukraine and the Donetsk region. During the occupation there were flags of the so-called Republic of Donetsk and Donetsk region . In the same building is unoccupied Executive Committee . Before entering the state institutions, journalists noticed the man who was talking on the phone and did not realize what had happened. "I called Sasha Greeks...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 20 April 2014

    04/20/2014 5:01:23 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 132 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 20 April 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    p>The Talk Shows April 20th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.; Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine’s prime minister; Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Gov. Devil Patrick, D-Mass.; Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.THIS WEEK (ABC): Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont.; Lukman Faily, Iraq’s ambassador to the United States; Kim Beazley, Australia’s...
  • ‘Easter truce’ broken: Five deaths in overnight checkpoint raid in E. Ukraine

    04/20/2014 5:40:11 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 32 replies
    Five people have been killed in a gunfight in Slavyansk, a city in eastern Ukraine held by anti-government protesters. The fatalities include three protesters and two attackers, who are believed to be from the Right Sector paramilitary. Read RT's live updates on Ukrainian turmoil The deaths came after a night attack on a protester checkpoint on the outskirts of the city. Four cars drove by the checkpoint and opened fire at the local residents manning it, killing two people and seriously injuring several others. “They approached with their high beam headlamps on. Our man went to them and asked not...
  • A Show of Contempt, at Home and Abroad ... Mark Steyn

    04/20/2014 2:36:00 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 13 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 18 Apr 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Happy Easter, Happy Passover. On this Good Friday, we mark the tenth anniversary of Mel's movie, and over the weekend we'll have something with a lighter touch. Caroline Glick, my old colleague from The Jerusalem Post, has a column using a very Steynian word, "The Disappearance of America's Will": The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US's indifferent response to it. In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America's most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades.
  • The Way-Back Machine: Polish Parliament Backs Pro-EU Protesters in Ukraine

    04/20/2014 3:21:07 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 24 replies
    Sofia News Agency ^ | December 3, 2013 | novinite.com
    Poland's Parliament has adopted Tuesday a declaration expressing support for the European integration of Ukraine and Ukrainians who have taken to the streets after the scrapping of an Association Agreement with the EU. In the resolution, the Sejm vows "full solidarity with the citizens of Ukraine, who with great determination show the world their desire to ensure their country's full membership in the EU." At the same time, Polish MPs have expressed "deep concern" about the exacebation of tension in Ukrainian political and social life. They called Ukrainian authorities to respect the principles of democracy, rule of law and the...
  • Russia’s Fearsome New MiGs Could Be Lemons

    04/19/2014 9:32:47 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 04/19/2014 | Thomas Newdick
    MiG-29SMT is a huge upgrade of the classic Cold War fighter—or second-hand junk in disguise Moscow has placed an order for new, highly upgraded MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters. But they actually might not be new at all. The planned acquisition of the twin-tail, twin-engine MiG-29SMTs is a window into bizarre and possibly suspect Kremlin practices that could boost Russian air power … or undermine it. Time was when foreigners referred to almost any Soviet- or Russian-built jet fighter as a “MiG.” While other design bureaus may have been making fighters for the Eastern bloc and its allies, the products of the...
  • US Communists Shill for Russia Over Ukraine

    04/19/2014 7:19:33 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 189 replies
    Trevour Loudon ^ | 04/18/14 | Trevor Loudon
    US Communists Shill for Russia Over Ukraine Submitted by Trevor on April 18, 2014 – 3:08 am EST Brian Becker Two groups have been most actively supporting “there is no such thing as an ex-Chekist,” Vladimir Putin’s naked aggression in the Ukraine. They are Western communists, who hate the West and still see Russia as a force for socialism and anti-Americanism, and some naive Western “conservatives” like commentator Pat Buchanan and actor Steven Segal, who seem to believe that Comrade Putin is a closet Christian bent on defending Western values and saving Europe from the Islamic hordes. These naifs seem...
  • Russia writes off 90 per cent of North Korean debt, expected to build gas pipeline (To South Korea)

    04/19/2014 4:45:20 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 31 replies
    Russia's parliament has agreed to write off about $10 billion of North Korea's Soviet-era debt, in a deal expected to facilitate the building of a gas pipeline to South Korea across the reclusive state. The State Duma lower house in Moscow on Friday ratified a 2012 agreement to excuse the bulk of North Korea's debt. It said the total debt stood at $10.96 billion as of September 17, 2012. The rest of the debt - $1.09 billion - would be redeemed during the next 20 years, to be paid in equal instalments every six months. The outstanding debt owed by...
  • In Cold War Echo, Obama Strategy Writes Off Putin

    04/19/2014 4:36:59 PM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Saturday, April 19, 2014 | Peter Baker
    Even as the crisis in Ukraine continues to defy easy resolution, President Obama and his national security team are looking beyond the immediate conflict to forge a new long-term approach to Russia that applies an updated version of the Cold War strategy of containment. Just as the United States resolved in the aftermath of World War II to counter the Soviet Union and its global ambitions, Mr. Obama is focused on isolating President Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia by cutting off its economic and political ties to the outside world, limiting its expansionist ambitions in its own neighborhood and effectively making...
  • Harper: Russia Is A Grave Threat To World

    04/19/2014 2:58:21 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 47 replies
    ottawacitizen.com ^ | April 14, 2014
    OTTAWA – Russian actions against Ukraine are “aggressive, militaristic and imperialistic” and pose a grave threat to world peace, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said today. Pro-Russian groups have occupied buildings in 10 cities in eastern Ukraine in recent days, prompting Harper to use his harshest words yet against what he called “Russian provocateurs sent by the Putin regime.” It’s time to rally the world against the danger posed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Harper said at a hastily assembled photo-op event with ambassadors from Ukraine, Estonia, Poland and Latvia. “I know this is of great concern to our NATO allies...
  • France's Le Pen, in Moscow, Blames EU for New 'Cold War'

    04/19/2014 12:56:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    reuters.com ^ | April 12, 2014 | Alessandra Prentice
    Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front, blamed the European Union for declaring a new Cold War on Russia that would hurt all concerned, Russian media reported on Saturday as she paid an official visit to Moscow. Europe-Russia relations are at their lowest ebb in decades after President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea prompted the EU to impose sanctions on dozens of prominent Russian officials and lawmakers. However Le Pen, along with other Eurosceptic leaders of the far left and nationalist right, believe the original fault lies with Brussels for offering closer ties with Ukraine, a move Russia...
  • UKRAINE: Yatsenyuk Turchynov and issued a joint statement on how to reconcile the Ukraine. VIDEO

    04/19/2014 2:32:10 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    censor.net ^ | 04/18/14 17:42
    Yatsenyuk Turchynov and issued a joint statement on how to reconcile the Ukraine. VIDEO Acting President of Ukraine, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyukvystupili a joint statement "Ukraine is approaching a big Christian holiday - Easter, which carries the hope for rebirth and renewal peaceful life. In the days of the great reconciliation and forgiveness, we call on all citizens to lend a hand to each other, to abandon the radical actions and hate speech back together to work together for the protection and development, and creative construction of the cathedral, the...
  • The West Leaves Ukraine to Putin

    04/19/2014 2:22:06 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    wsj.com ^ | April 14, 2014 | MATTHEW KAMINSKI 
    When Russia invaded Crimea and massed 40,000 or more troops in the east, Ukraine turned to an old friend, the United States, and asked for light arms, antitank weapons, intelligence help and nonlethal aid. The Obama administration agreed to deliver 300,000 meals-ready-to-eat. As this newspaper reported Friday, military transport planes were deemed too provocative for Russia, so the food was shipped by commercial trucks. The administration refused Kiev's requests for intelligence-sharing and other supplies, lethal or not. Boris Tarasiuk, Ukraine's former foreign minister, barely disguises his anger. He says: "We've not seen the same reaction from the U.S." as during...
  • A User's Guide to Russian Propaganda

    04/19/2014 12:22:23 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 25 replies
    Trevour Loudon ^ | 4/19/2014 | Brent P
    A User’s Guide to Russian Propaganda Submitted by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton on April 19, 2014 – 3:07 pm ESTNo Comment By: Brent P. Western press and media are having trouble distinguishing facts from Russian propaganda. This is understandable – the Russian propaganda machine is a mature and venerable institution that engages in an art that, for better or for worse, the West simply does not practice as often nor as effectively. The intent of this guide is to help those less accustomed to the ways of the Russian government to discern between reporting and propaganda. There are a few simple tell-tale...
  • Senior Russian Politician Slams U.S. for Inciting Conflict in Kiev

    04/19/2014 12:11:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    themoscowtimes.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | Peter Spinella
    Dressed in the camouflage uniform of an Army colonel, the firebrand leader of Russia's nationalist Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday accused the United States of stirring up belligerent sentiments in Kiev. The protest movement on Kiev's Independence Square "was set up by the United States … so that Europe would smell the gunpowder," party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky told the lower house of parliament, state news wire RIA Novosti reported. Zhirinovsky added that as soon as people started dying in central Kiev, the U.S. and the European Union began conducting closed-door meetings about how to divvy up Europe, the report said. He made the comments during a discussion of Ukraine's military preparations to quell pro-Russia riots in that country's east. He said the interim government in Kiev...
  • Rep. Royce, headed to Ukraine, says U.S. underestimates Putin

    04/19/2014 11:50:07 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    ocregister.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Cathy Taylor
    On the eve of a mission to Ukraine, Rep. Ed Royce said Wednesday that the U.S. has underestimated Russian President Vladimir Putin, warning that the leader “is stepping up his efforts to destabilize and possibly annex the eastern part of Ukraine.” Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, defended Ukraine’s show of force this week in response to takeovers of government buildings by people they believe are Russian agents. He called the action a signal to Putin that the young government was not going to allow his “machinations to lead to splitting the country between eastern and western Ukraine.”...
  • US to send combat troops to Poland

    04/19/2014 11:24:30 AM PDT · by neverdem · 57 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 19, 2014 | Rick Moran
    Poland will breathe a little easier because at the very least, American troops in Poland will be an effective trip wire and hedge against Russia making a move to reclaim the former Warsaw Pact country. Washington Post: Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday....
  • Governor Mike Pence In Berlin: Diplomacy with Russia Has Failed

    04/19/2014 10:57:58 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 35 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | April 17, 2014
    Gov. Mike Pence (R., Ind.) on Wednesday declared the “reset” of U.S.-Russian relations a failure and called for the construction of a European missile defense shield to deter Russian aggression. “With Russian aggression on the rise again, it is clear that our policy of conciliatory diplomacy has failed, Pence said at a Friends of Indiana reception in Berlin, Germany. “While new sanctions are of some value, in the interest of our alliance, I believe the United States and the EU must respond with deeds more than words to strengthen our economic and strategic defenses,” Pence added. Pence then called for the deployment...
  • The Talanted Mr. Putin

    The Talented Mr. Putin. We've picked a sort of a bad time to have a "community organizer(TM)" in the white house...
  • How can we negotiate with a pathological liar like Putin?

    04/19/2014 9:42:53 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 47 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | April 15, 2014 | Con Coughlin
    That Mr Putin has difficulties with the truth is already apparent from the transparent lies he told us during the Crimean crisis. Who can forget that stage-managed press conference with a group of carefully-vetted Russian journalists back in March at which Mr Putin said in all seriousness that there were no Russian troops active in Crimea, when the province was in fact already overrun with Spetsnaz Russian forces orchestrating Moscow's annexation of the territory? Now the Russian president is at it again, this time trying to persuade a sceptical President Obama that there are no Russian soldiers or spiesinvolved in stirring up...
  • This brazen cynicism of Putin's words about "drunken miners"

    04/19/2014 6:41:59 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 8 replies
    censor.net ^ | 4-19-2014
    04/19/14 14:48 "What do you know about the Sun, if you've never been in mine!" Chairman of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine Mykhailo Volynets called the statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin relatively Ukrainian miners cynical. During straight line with the Russians and residents of Crimea, Putin said that the sea on the peninsula is very dirty and there bathe drunken miners. "This is a cynical attitude brazen man who believes that he reckless. Miners - noble people and they just despise such a man," - said in comments Volinets TSN.ua about saying Putin tells Tsenzor.NET. In...
  • Russia This Week: Ultranationalist Politician Urges Men to Rape Women Reporters on Good Friday

    04/19/2014 6:26:04 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 27 replies
    The Interpreter Mag ^ | 18 Apr 14 | Catherine A. Fitzpatrick
    “Woman reporter: Should we introduce sanctions in response? [to the prohibition on the entry of Russian males to Ukraine.] Zhirinovsky: What? Quickly then. No, we shouldn’t. You’re all blood-thirsty. There will be a film about you, ‘The Furies of Maidan,’ f**k. You all have uterine delirium, you women of Maidan. If it weren’t for this uterine delirium, there wouldn’t be any Maidan. Look at that fool Iryna Faraon. She’s spouting hatred toward Russians. You think she hates Russians? She adores them! But it’s uterine delirium. She doesn’t have a lover, she doesn’t have a husband, she doesn’t have anything, f**k....
  • Idiocy from the Economist on What to Do About Russia

    04/19/2014 6:13:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    In "Insatiable" the Economist says "The cost of stopping the Russian bear now is high—but it will only get higher if the West does nothing". Economist: Mr Putin has used the Ukrainian crisis to establish some dangerous precedents. He has claimed a duty to intervene to protect Russian-speakers wherever they are. He has staged a referendum and annexation, in defiance of Ukrainian law. And he has abrogated a commitment to respect Ukraine’s borders, which Russia signed in 1994 when Ukraine gave up nuclear weapons. Throughout, Mr Putin has shown that truth and the law are whatever happens to suit him...
  • The Decline of the West (Cont'd)

    04/19/2014 5:42:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    The latest from the White House is that it has "overwhelming evidence" that Russia is now fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine. You think? How do you suppose our super-sleuths can tell? Maybe it's the busloads of the usual bullyboys being trucked in to take control of police stations, government installations and other key points in Donetsk, Slovyansk, Kramatorsk ... and points all along the next slice of Ukraine the Russians have their eye on. Some of these thugs are in uniform, some without, and many wear St. George ribbons, the unofficial symbol of the old Soviet Union, and they're...
  • Why Not Arm the Jews In Ukraine?

    04/19/2014 3:32:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | John Ransom
    As finger-pointing and accusations tumble out about whether Russian nationalists or Ukrainian nationalist are responsible for flyers in eastern Ukraine demanding that Jews register with local municipalities, the most important thing is being lost in the shuffle. Without Vladimir Putin stirring the embers of Russian nationalism in Crimea and in Ukraine into a flame, it wouldn’t have happened in the first place. "We are skeptical about the flier's authenticity, but the instructions clearly recall the Nazi era and have the effect of intimidating the local Jewish community," U.S.-based Anti-Defamation League Director Abraham Foxman said in a written statement according...
  • Gazprom Buys Kyrgyzgaz for $1 Plus Debt

    04/19/2014 3:07:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Apr. 10 2014 15:26
    Russia’s top natural gas producer Gazprom has signed a deal to buy 100 percent of shares of Kyrgyzgaz for $1 and assumed the responsibility to repay $40 million of debt owed by the Kyrgyz gas producer, Itar-Tass reported. Gazprom also pledged to invest no less than 20 billion rubles ($560 million) in the next 5 years in the Central Asian republic’s 700-kilometer gas distribution grid upgrades. …
  • Pentagon Moves to Block Russian Spy Plane in American Skies

    04/19/2014 1:42:36 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 28 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 4/18/2014 | The Daily Beast
    Russian surveillance planes already fly over America, thanks to a long-standing treaty. But a new, ultra-sophisticated spy plane has U.S. military and intelligence bosses spooked. The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military and American intelligence agencies have quietly pushed the White House in recent weeks to deny a new Russian surveillance plane the right to fly over U.S. territory. This week, the White House finally began consideration of the decision whether to certify the new Russian aircraft under the so-called “Open Skies Treaty.” And now the question becomes: Will the spies and generals get their way?
  • UKRAINE: Separatists hunting down people who speak Ukrainian

    04/18/2014 2:59:54 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    Euromaidan ^ | 4-18-2014 20:38
    GOOGLE TRANSLATION: "In Slovyansk a "hunt" is declared on Ukrainian speakers. Slovyansk separatists announced a hunt for people who speak Ukrainian. This was declared by the so-called leader of the separatist Slovyansk Vyacheslav Ponomarev. He asked local residents to report to the "people's militia" on any suspicious individual in the city, "especially those who speak the Ukrainian language", the correspondent of "Ukrainska Pravda" reports. Ponomarev also promised that the local media will publish a phone number to report "suspicious individuals". In addition, Ponomarev said that the city banned opposition political parties - "UDAR" (Klitshchko) "Svoboda" (Tyagnybok) and "Batkivschyna" (Tymoshenko) -...
  • Orthodox Corruption?

    04/18/2014 5:59:50 PM PDT · by No One Special · 26 replies
    Vimeo Video ^ | February 6, 2013 | Simon Ostrovsky
    Russia's Orthodox Church has experienced a resurgence under President Vladimir Putin, but have the state's finances and Russia's dominant religion become too closely intertwined? Simon Ostrovsky reports for People & Power on Al Jazeera English. (Feb 6, 2013)
  • Putin's Office Threatens To Mobilize

    04/18/2014 6:41:24 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 53 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | 04/18/14 | The Interpreter
    Putin's Office Threatens To Mobilize | 2014-04-18 19:26:13 In a significant escalation of rhetoric, not only does Putin's press secretary admit that there are Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, but he says that they are there to respond if Russia is driven "into a corner." RFE/RL reports: Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has confirmed that Russia does have troops near the Ukrainian border and that some of those forces are stationed there "on a permanent basis." Peskov said additional forces are in the area along Russia's border with Ukraine but only "as reinforcement aganst the background of what...
  • Dmitry Tymchuk's military blog: More Putin lies

    04/18/2014 6:38:39 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    Dmitry Tymchuk Blog, Kyiv Post ^ | April 18, 2014, 9 a.m. | Dmitry Tymchuk
    2. Extremist acts continue in eastern Ukraine. There is unrest in Stakhanov [Luhansk Oblast] – which by the way, is the homeland of Yuriy Karyn, one of our IR [Information Resistance] coordinators. Pro-Russian mongrels are going berserk in Donetsk. However, the situation is uneasy in other regions, as well. Today, the representatives of local authorities in Zaporizhya oblast [region] spoke about possible extremist activity. We have our own information about this. According to our data, airplanes with “Putin’s tourists” on board landed at the Saky airfield in Crimea. They were loaded into vans with Zaporizhya plates. Nothing good can come...
  • Museum of U.S.-Nato Aggression Opens in Vladikavkaz

    04/18/2014 6:05:18 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 26 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Apr. 17 2014 19:48 | The Moscow Times
    A museum dedicated to the victims of U.S. and NATO military aggression has opened in the North Caucasus city of Vladikavkaz. The exhibition, which is housed at the National Scientific Library of North Ossetia, opened Thursday to visitors over the age of 16, and displays artifacts "attesting" to "the state terrorism" of Western nations, organizer Vyacheslav Lagkuyev said, Interfax reported. Among the themes of the exhibition are the conflicts in Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan — each of which has its own display in the museum. The U.S. war in Vietnam and the NATO bombing of Serbia are also detailed in...
  • U.S. ground troops going to Poland, defense minister says

    04/18/2014 3:13:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 101 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Fred Hiatt
    Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday. Siemoniak said the decision has been made on a political level and that military planners are working out details. There will also be intensified cooperation in air defense, special forces, cyberdefense and other areas. Poland will play...
  • CRIMEAN: Tatars are being fired for refusing Russian citizenship

    04/18/2014 3:07:31 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 37 replies
    Euromaidan PR Euromaidan in English ^ | 4-18-2014 22:50 2 hours ago
    22:50 Crimean Tatars are being fired for refusing Russian citizenship The Crimean Tatars living in the Autonomous Republic, who refuse Russian citizenship, are being fired from their jobs. This was stated live on “Hromadske.tv” by MP Mustafa Dzhemilev. “The situation in the Crimea is oppressive. They are checking documents at every corner. The people don’t know what to do. The Crimean Tatars who don’t want to become Russian citizens, are essentially being forced to do so, as if they do not receive Russian passports, they will not be able to get employment,” he said. “Those who refuse to take the...
  • Russia's new culture policy a weapon against West

    04/18/2014 1:33:04 PM PDT · by Mariner · 70 replies
    AFP ^ | April 18th, 2014 | Maria Antonova
    Moscow (AFP) - The Kremlin is preparing a new culture policy for Russia focusing on its distinctive civilisation and traditional values, which observers say has political ends amid Moscow's standoff with the West. At the end of four hours of questions Thursday in his annual call-in, President Vladimir Putin waxed philosophical on what it means to be Russian.
  • Who Governs What in Ukraine?

    04/18/2014 12:36:55 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    Reconsidering Russia and the Former Soviet Union ^ | April 18, 2014 | Pietro Shakarian
    Self-declared people’s provisional governments: In Eastern Ukraine, protests against the Turchynov-Yatsenyuk government have led to the declarations of “People’s Republics” with “provisional governments” in the oblasti of Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kharkov. The Kiev-appointed governors have effectively lost authority in these regions which are practically controlled entirely by the rebels. Kiev claims that the rebels are “agents of Moscow.” Moscow disavows any involvement. In truth, there are Russians who are involved in the Eastern Ukrainian unrest, but these are not “government agents” but rather Russian nationalists who seek to assist their “compatriots” from across the border.
  • Putin Isn’t a Genius — We Are Complete Idiots

    04/18/2014 12:30:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 17, 2014 | David P. Goldman
    Vladimir Putin happily allowed the Kiev authorities to shoot a few pro-Russian demonstrators while keeping his military forces on ice across the border. I predicted (and am sticking to my story) that Russia will not seize more territory in Eastern Ukraine–not for the time being, in any case. Russia will stand back and watch Ukraine implode, the way Egypt did during the two years following the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. Before the Maidan coup, Putin was willing to sit on $15 billion in arrears to Gazprom and put up $18 billion in new money. Now he wants $35 billion in...
  • Here's Why Putin Calling Eastern Ukraine 'Novorossiya' Is Important

    04/18/2014 12:05:02 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 04/18/2014 9:47 am EDT | Nick Robins-Early
    A casual listener may have missed it, but many Ukraine-watchers raised their brow when Russian President Vladimir Putin used the weighty term "Novorossiya" or "New Russia" to refer to some regions in Ukraine on Thursday. "It's new Russia," Putin told the audience during his nearly four-hour long televised Q&A. "Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Odessa were not part of Ukraine in czarist times, they were transferred in 1920. Why? God knows."